Responsible Dog Ownership

As a responsible dog owner you must abide with all relevant legislations and be accountable for the welfare of your dog and the environment. Failure to comply may result in infringements being issued in excess of $200 and further legal proceedings may be considered. Dog owners must:

  1. Abide with the Dog Act 1976
  2. Microchip their dog
  3. Register their dog with the City of Cockburn.

Dog owner responsibilities

  • All dogs over three months of age must have a microchip and have current registration
  • Dog registrations cannot be accepted without a microchip
  • Ensure your dog wears a collar and registration tag when in a public place
  • Ensure your dog's collar includes your name and address (owner)
  • Do not have more than two dogs per property unless permission is granted
  • Engage and train your dog so that its behaviour does not become a nuisance
  • Remove your dog’s excreta from public places such as beaches, parks and paths
  • Maintain your dog’s cleanliness and hygiene to prevent parasites
  • Observe special conditions for owning a greyhound or a restricted breed dog
  • Ensure your dog is under control at all times, including in dog off leash areas, rural, and public properties

Guidelines for dogs in Cockburn

  • Must be kept on a leash in most public places
  • Dogs are permitted off leash in certain areas
  • Dogs should not enter shops and school grounds

Dog behavioural training in 2019 

Dog obedience training courses are currently available during April. Bookings are available through TicketBooth opens in a new window.

Competition: WIN a $200 voucher for Jandakot Stock and Pet Supplies

We are giving away a voucher for $200 for Jandakot Stock and Pet Supplies. All you need to do is; using your phone, shoot a 15 second video that creatively shows what ‘responsible pet ownership’ means to you, and then:

Using your phone, shoot a 15 second video that creatively shows what ‘responsible pet ownership’ means to you, and then:

1. Post the video on your Facebook and/ or Instagram page
2. Tag the City of Cockburn AND include the hashtag #cockburnlovesdogs
3. Share your video to the City’s Facebook and/ or Instagram page
Potential themes for your video may include:

  • Dogs on leads
  • Picking up your dog’s poo
  • Registering and microchipping your dog
  • Kids and dogs
  • Exercising dogs in the right places
Terms and conditions
  • Competition is open until midnight 31 December 2019.
  • This competition is open to City of Cockburn residents only. Close family (spouse/partner, parents, children and grandchildren) of staff and Elected Members are not eligible to participate in the competition.
  • No negotiation will be entered into once the winner has been chosen, judges’ decision is final
  • The winner, as decided by the judges (City staff), will be announced via social media. The winner will be contacted to claim their prize via social media. If the City is unable to contact the winner, the prize will be given to the second-place applicant.
  • The City has the right and will use the video/s the entrant provides for use on their social media sites, website and enewsletter .
  • The prize will be a $200 gift voucher to Jandakot Stock and Pet Supplies.
For queries, email the Communications & Marketing Coordinator. 

More information and contact 

Please contact Rangers Services for more information on 08 9411 3444 or email Ranger Customer Service.
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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.